Dunmore (PA) offensive tackle James McHale picked up his first offer a couple of weeks ago when the Orange pulled the trigger. He took a short trip north to visit the campus for the first time on Sunday.
"At first we got a campus tour," McHale recalled. "Then we got to see all of the facilities. We just went around and saw the campus. Then I sat down with Coach Pat Perles and Coach George McDonald. We talked about the Syracuse offer and all that stuff.
"They've offered so they're pretty interested. It was my first visit, so they just talked about what it's like to be there. They talked about going into the ACC. How a lot of good things are coming. They said they were recruiting three or four linemen for next year and they want me to be a part of that class."
Two parts of the trip stood out to the 6-foot-7 tackle. Being able to check out the campus and facilities was important. But so was spending time with the coaches to continue to develop that relationship.
"The campus was beautiful and so were the facilities," McHale explained. "It's definitely a place to consider right now. I'm thinking about going back in the fall or at the end of the summer. Just to see a game or to watch practice.
"I definitely felt like it was good to talk to the coaches. I've talked to Coach Perles before, but I felt like I got to know him better. I definitely want to get back up there and get to know the rest of the coaching staff even more."
Overall it was a good visit for McHale. He said while he is not close to a decision, the visit had a positive impact on his view of Syracuse.
"It definitely raises (my interest) a little bit," McHale admitted. "I only have two offers so far, but this was definitely an eye opener for me. All of the schools I have in front of me, I can compare to Syracuse.
"It definitely raises my interest level a little bit. Just to be able to get out here and see it."